Doc MacLean is returning to Nanaimo on Saturday, November 6, 2010, with a National Steel “Darker Ways“ Blues Tour performance at Headliners School of Performing Arts, 165 Fraser Street. Doors open at 7:30 pm with the show at 8 pm. Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door, available at Headliners. For more information, call 250-753-2323.
Darker Ways will be the fifth annual outing of the all acoustic, coast to coast National Steel Blues series. In a departure from large venue, songs and stories in the round presentations, Darker Ways will be a solo presentation focused more on smaller towns and smaller rooms. “I’m looking forward to exploring some deep blues in these settings,” says Doc, “I’m planning the most intimate, story filled shows that I’ve had a chance to do in years.”
Last year Doc MacLean’s National Steel “Century” Blues Tour played 104 back to back shows in nine provinces and two territories. Over ten thousand people took in the live, all Canadian show which encompassed major festivals, theatres, casinos, concert halls, bars, cafés, gas stations, and kitchen parties from coast to coast. With guest star Big Dave McLean and sponsorship from music giant Long and McQuade, the Century was the most comprehensive blues tour ever mounted in Canada. Upcoming broadcast recordings on CBC’s “Canada Live” and “Saturday Night Blues” will share the Century Blues with an even greater audience. “It was a giant tour,” reflects Doc, “and this year’s Darker Ways presentation will actually be a huge tour as well only this time it will be a very, very big tour of Small.”
The National Steel “Darker Ways“ Blues Tour will touch places lost in the crease of the map. Roads less travelled. Blue highways. Encounters with strangers on strange days. A money candle in a broken window. It’s Doc MacLean, watching the tail light reflections tracking in the rear view mirror. Doc, drinking bourbon by the roadside. Doc with his battered 1929 National steel guitar. Doc MacLean. He’s a blues vagabond writing from the dark side of the blues highway. He’s spent the last forty years exploring the road atlas from A to Z surfacing sometimes on big stages in fancy halls, sometimes streetside trolling for change and a meal. No managers, agents, record companies. No fancy new guitars. He’s a traveller, a collector and teller of songs and stories. A songster in the blues tradition. Blues Revue magazine called him “the Prince of Darkness.” Nanaimo blues fans won’t want to miss Doc’s visit.